||11/3/11 06:20:09 PM
||The Hollywood Sax Qt. was an inspiration for us in the Amherst Sax Qt. back in 1978 as it is today. The beautiful recordings of both classical and jazz works were at first a revelation to our young ears, and then guidance for our way forward. Compositions/arrangements you championed served as a cornerstone of our repertoire. We are indebted to all of you.” —Stephen Rosenthal, Amherst Saxophone Quartet
||10/23/11 06:20:09 PM
|| Ellen, I am so glad to have found this site. I've been a musician for 60 years but came to sax
quartets only about 25 years ago. I played Soprano sax in a quartet and then formed my
own sax quartet. We still play just for fun. I was given a cassette of the HSQ about
20 years ago. It was a copy of a copy of a copy. I just (this last week) bought the
HSQ CD and am thrilled to have it. Great work on your part and much appreciated.
David Evans - South Bay Sax Quartet, Sun City Center, FL
||08/20/11 11:37:09 PM
Thank you for making available some of the music from your dads
archives. I play alto sax and clarinet with a band we call the
THIRSTY SHEIKS. We are a sax quartet with drums and
keyboard. I can't say that anyone of us is as good as the HSO
but we work pretty well together and we love the style and
the arrangements that you put up on the site.
I will gladly pay for any more recordings, collections of the
rehearsals and sheetmusic that you can send to Australia.
I loved the "I got some hard" comment. We all work hard to
get that amazing sound, no matter how professional you are, it's hard in the beginning!
I would love to frame that quote for my students!
Gee your dads arrangement of Ghost of a Chance is beautiful.
||5/25/2011 10:44:09 PM
||This music is fabulous. Such great musicianship on every part.
Thanks for the free downloads. I teach at a college and we will be
playing some of this music in our next concert. Thanks again.
|Gregory T Cheever
||5/14/2011 1:44:07 AM
Thank You. Emotionally pleased every-time I review, listen & read
this site. Back through the Mist of Time I journey to the great
memories of many sessions in the front room of our in Sherman
Oaks. These recordings are a part of.... well me, although my
father Russ always stirred us boys away from Music feeling it was
a too risky way to make to good living. Somewhere in myself
inherit feelings of HSQ & Music lives.
||4/19/2011 6:15:48 PM
||Really nice music here. Really enjoyed it.
||4/5/2011 8:25:53 PM
||Love listening to these wonderful musicians! :-)
|Patrice Dumont Baker
||3/23/2011 2:27:07 PM
||This is a great website. My grandfather was Jack Dumont. Thank
you for keeping this site up to show the history of these great
||3/21/2011 8:34:18 PM
||Ellen, I just found some videos on Youtube of a group playing
some of the HSQ arrangements. Here is one of Spud Murphy's and if
you watch it you can look for other videos posted by Dirkhooglandt
for more HSQ stuff. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzj4GPhZhr4
The only thing is that the camera mic is either on the right or
left side making the baritone or soprano too loud.
Also of interest:
||3/18/2011 9:56:36 PM
||Was conversing with Rudy via phone this evening and he sent me to
this site. I knew his dad and all the brothers growing up in
Gypsum. Nice to see them get some recognition. Thank you for
|Barbette Falk - Quartette Barbette
||1/16/2011 12:36:16 PM
||I had the pleasure of meeting Bill's daughter at the Pike Place
Market a few weeks ago - thanks for turning me onto the website.
Thanks go to Pete Christlieb for sending me all those great HSQ
charts years back. They continue to be core material amongst our
expansive repertoire. Happy sax playing!
|The Toronto Saxophone Quartet-Steve Fuller, Founder
||1/14/2011 6:16:38 AM
||The TSQ has been around for a long time (over 30 years) and we
have enjoyed playing music from The Hollywood Saxophone Quartet.
They are our idols, among other groups (Marcel Mule quartet,
Gerald Danovitch Quartet, etc.)
I have over 1,100 charts. Wanna trade?
I'm thrilled that the HSQ now has a website, which I'll visit
often. Congratulations and a hope for lots of hitsa.
||1/9/2011 9:28:52 PM
||Ellen, thank you so much for this wonderful website. I've been a
fan of the HSQ ever since I began playing saxophone some 40 years
ago. I'm currently with the Toronto Saxophone Quartet and formerly
with the (now defunct) Canadian Saxophone Quintet. We play/played
a lot of HSQ arrangements in both groups and have recorded some
too. I've been able to buy two vinyl HSQ LPs on eBay and am happy to hear there are CD reissues available (finally!) The arrangements are as fresh today as they were when they were written, before I was born. Bravo to you and the other HSQ offspring for keeping their music alive for new generations to enjoy. Best Regards, James Pybus
||12/22/2010 8:19:56 PM
||Great job on your website! Lots of interesting things to
see....keep the HSQ alive!!
|Wade Russell Cheever
||12/16/2010 4:36:58 PM
||No way i was searching the web bored at work , and typed in my
grandpas name Russell Cheever, its crazy what iv found, i knew he
played music for the studios, but not this extent! good job on the
||12/8/2010 5:49:39 PM
||Many thanks to all of you for establishing this web site...I came
upon it while looking for info about Jack Dumont, whose playing
I've been enjoying so much via Lawrence Welk clips on
YouTube...the numbers he did on that show with Don Bonnee and Russ
Klein are just top drawer. I've been unable to find any info on
Mr. Bonnee after his Welk years and would appreciate hearing from anyone who can fill me int. Many thanks from Taylor Bowie firstname.lastname@example.org
||12/6/2010 10:52:18 AM
||Thanks for doing this tribute, Ellen. In the mid-1950's I was
only an aspiring teenage saxophone student in far-off Cape Town,
South Africa when I purchased two albums by your dad's group. I
carried those vinyl albums around for many years before I sold my
entire LP collection. It is wonderful to have some of this music
available again. It is particularly gratifying to have new, younger listeners enjoy this music.
||12/6/2010 3:45:55 AM
||I was a 'late-comer' to the Hollywood Saxophone Quartet and only
learned of their music in recent years and only really listened
when the CD reissues appeared.
I could be forgiven because I live in England - but I have been
listening to those same players in other bands for 50 years or
Congratulations of the website - and good luck with it's ongoing
||12/1/2010 10:52:09 AM
||What a wonderful site. The 4 City Saxes will be presenting a
concert of the Hollywood Saxophone Quartet's music, with bass and
drums, at Saint Louis University on December 5, 2010.
||11/10/2010 11:58:10 AM
||I'm an old friend of Russ Cheever's son, Greg, and although I'm
not a musician, I do have a great appreciation of jazz. I'll
certainly be checking back to watch this site grow. Thanks to
everyone involved for the walk down memory lane and for keeping
the talent alive of all these great musicians!
||11/2/2010 12:08:11 AM
||I studied with Jack Dumont as a kid and I still have the vinyl
sampler album he gave me. A recollection of the HSQ came up
tonight at a band rehearsal. Any way to get copies of some of the
||9/23/2010 5:25:20 PM
||This website is a valuable addition to our knowledge of the
Hollywood Saxophone Quartet; real pioneers in the art of the sax
quartet. I was a student of Spud Murphy and later produced some of
his recordings. As you know, Spud helped with the formation of the
HSQ. Besides Warm Winds, you may not know that the Hollywood Sax
Quartet played on the following Spud Murphy recordings: "New Orbits in Sound" and "Gone With the Woodwinds" (both available on CD). There is also a remastered version of these recordings on Fresh Sound Records "Jazz City" series out of Spain. Unfortunately, Warm Winds was never reissued in digital format.
|Maarten Stuurman, Amsterdam, Holland
||9/21/2010 6:52:11 AM
||What a fantastic site. I love the stories. More! We play their
music, took us years to get it together (first in writing/finding
it, then in playing it), i hope to be playing it to the end of my
days. When announcing Ghost Of A Chance i always wonder why Morrie
Crawford didn't write more for them. I think it's one of their
best arrangements. I would like to know how often they performed in public, and what instruments and mouthpieces they used. Bill Ulyate is the only baritonplayer i know who produces that magnificent sound of Ellington's Harry Carney.
||9/16/2010 10:00:52 PM
||Wonderful job Ellen. I found your site through SOTW. Thanks so
much for making all this information available.
||9/14/2010 3:05:11 PM
||Thank you, this is wonderful. I studied clarinet and alto
saxophone with Russ Cheever in 1959 and 1961. In between, I went
on the road, got a little homesick and looked for Fox pictures to
listen to the music. In Tulsa, I found a 45 rpm promotional record
of two pieces from French Impressions and pretty much wore it out.
Eventually I worked on sessions where Harriet Crawford was the librarian and in a theater orchestra with Jack Dumont.
Great web site.
||9/14/2010 1:23:11 PM
||Thank you for putting this site together and for the comments of
those who knew the "band". I have been a fan of the HSQ since the
1960s and have played all the jazz charts, I believe, many times.
Hollywood professional just begins to describe what these
gentleman could do...on many instruments.
||9/13/2010 12:00:54 PM
||I have a cherished copy of the original Verve vinyl issue of
French Impressions. It was a favorite of my father's, and I was
fortunate enough to inherit his copy. I would love to see this
reissued on CD. I would also love to explore the recordings of the
Marty Paich arrangements!
||9/12/2010 1:13:05 PM
||Ellen, thank you so much for starting the website. I play in
Lenoir Sax with Robert George. He was telling me about "chatting"
with you and that I needed to look up the new site. I agree with
all the other fans of HSQ,they are one of the best, if not the
best, sax qtets I have ever heard. We have quite a few of the old
hand written pieces and have been playing them for the last 17+ years. I have the priviledge of playing the tenor sax part in our quartet, so it makes me appreciate even more what an incredible player your dad was! Take care and good luck with the site.
||9/9/2010 4:07:02 PM
||Thanks Ellen for a great job on the website. Myself and our
quartet, Lenoir Sax, have been collecting, researching and playing
this music for 20 years...what a treat to see all of this brought
together in one place. HSQ represents one of the best examples of
modern sax quartet performance & music there is.. even after 55
years. We recently performed a concert inspired by HSQ's French Impressions LP at the NC Carolina Museum of Art. Long live the Hollywood Saxophone Quartet.
||9/1/2010 7:50:19 AM
||I've been a fan of the HSQ since I first heard them on a BBC
programme here in England over 20 years ago. The show was "so you
don't like the saxophone". It was hosted by a Benny Green. Older
jazz fans over here will know his name. He played There'll Never
be Another You. I was hooked and have spent years tracking down
the LPs and scores. I now have most of the jazz scores and 3 of the Lps. Nice to stumble upon the site. Best ever sax qtet in my opinion. Keep expanding the site. My qtet were playing "Miss Jones" a few days ago.
||8/31/2010 1:17:35 PM
||Thanks for this tribute, Ellen ... Was particularly fond of the
HSQ version of the Ravel string quartet.
||8/26/2010 4:02:24 PM
||Ellen: Thanks for putting this site up. A great tribute to
Morrie, Bill, Jack, Russell and all those that helped putting HSQ
||8/10/2010 8:15:49 PM
||Pearl and I are so glad you contacted us. Ellen. Your father and
mother and the Ulyates were close friends with Don and we look
forward to helping you to promote your website and the memory of
the "Quartet" any way we can.
||8/8/2010 4:23:17 PM
||You have done a great job in pulling this together. I believe
that this falls in the same spirit as what they were trying to do
in the first place. Your mother was the keeper of the flame. She
should also be considered the fifth member of the group for all
her contributions. It's only fitting that you have picked up the
torch. It is my hope that this site will end up being ground zero for all who are interested in this group of musicians.
||8/8/2010 2:03:19 AM
||Ellen: I'll be watching with great interest how this site
develops. The HSQ were top musicians working with top arrangers,
hardly surprising then that the result was absolutely fantastic
music. If your efforts help to make the sheetmusic available to
sax players then I believe the music world will be a better place
for it. Great work!!
||8/4/2010 11:34:27 PM
||Ellen: Great job and great layout. I'm sure this site will
re-kindle awareness and appreciation for such an amazing group. To
date there is only an oral history of the group among saxophonists
and much of it vague. I look forward to helping, however I can, to
bring definition to their legacy with my dissertation on the
group. For any HSQ fans around the world who knew any of the members or have been influenced by them, please let us know and feel free to email me personally.
|Robin Ulyate Trento
||8/4/2010 11:34:27 PM
||Great work, Ellen; our dads would be proud! I'm so glad their
music can continue to inspire new generations of enthusiasts. Long